New American Standard Bible
"But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up against it by lot.
King James Bible
But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot against it;
Darby Bible Translation
But now this is what we will do to Gib'e-ah: we will go up against it by lot,
World English Bible
But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah: [we will go up] against it by lot;
Young's Literal Translation
and now, this is the thing which we do to Gibeah -- against it by lot!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
By lot - To determine who should go up first Judges 20:18. The shape of the ground probably made it impossible for the whole force to operate at once; and the question of spoil would have something to do with the arrangement. (Compare 1 Samuel 30:22-25.)
For the understanding of the early history and religion of Israel, the book of Judges, which covers the period from the death of Joshua to the beginning of the struggle with the Philistines, is of inestimable importance; and it is very fortunate that the elements contributed by the later editors are so easily separated from the ancient stories whose moral they seek to point. That moral is most elaborately stated in ii. 6-iii. 6, which is a sort of programme or preface to iii. 7-xvi. 31, which constitutes …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Then all the people arose as one man, saying, "Not one of us will go to his tent, nor will any of us return to his house.
"And we will take 10 men out of 100 throughout the tribes of Israel, and 100 out of 1,000, and 1,000 out of 10,000 to supply food for the people, that when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, they may punish them for all the disgraceful acts that they have committed in Israel."
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